Regular readers of this blog know that we go over to Italy several times a year where we soon get into our usual way of life in our Italian home.
Here are some photos to illustrate our time away this season:-
The grapes for making wine were gathered
and processed and some table grapes were left for eating
during our time there.
In between the rain showers we gathered the apples,
the hazel and walnuts. We cleaned off the outer skins, left the nuts
to dry a little in the sunshine and gave most of them to family members.
The new graft of a branch from a nectarine tree onto
a peach tree that produces late season peaches has done well.
Hopefully we should get two seasons of different fruit
from the same tree when it matures.
(growth upwards from the X)
One of my sisters-in-law gathered the peaches
and pears from our fruit trees during that season. She bottled some
and gave me a couple of bottles to try.
I have several sisters-in-law and they gave us produce.
Our neighbour grows vegetables on the land below our
terrace and gave us a cauliflower.
Life slows down so there's time to notice
who goes up and down the lane....
and observe the creatures in the garden.
The praying mantis was the latest
one to entertain me although he did crawl
very slowly into some places where he
could have got squashed i.e. onto the front door
mat and onto one of the car tyres.
It was intriguing to see that it
didn't like smooth surfaces, but
preferred to crawl over rough ones.
Next time I'll share some more of times when we were out and about in the local area and Rome